The driver of a car that accelerated into the front of April's Boutique has been taken to hospital with undetermined injuries. No one in either of the stores was injured. (Aug. 12

Car crashes into front of April’s Boutique in uptown Port Alberni

A car has crashed into a storefront in Port Alberni's uptown area, barely a year after a similar incident in a neighbouring store.

April Dallman was just walking to the back of her consignment store, April’s Boutique, with her back to the front of her store when a car suddenly smashed into her front door and window, and spraying glass everywhere.

“I went to go back and just about got glass on me,” said Dallman, whose last customer had only departed the store about five minutes previously.

The car, a Land Rover, had also crashed into the doorway for Flandangles Kitchen and Gifts, which in May 2012 had seen another car accelerate over the curb and right into the store.

The lone customer in Flandangles, who didn’t want to give her name, said she was at the till when the car hit the front of April’s Boutique.

“The look on the owner’s face…it was that crash and tinkle and that realization, ‘oh no, not again’.”

Witnesses said the driver of the car was shaken up. She was taken to the hospital with undetermined injuries.

The accident happened shortly before 5 p.m. (Aug. 12, 2013)